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The DeSotos - The DeSotos - Cross Your Heart

16 Sep 2008 // A review by narleykiwi
Graham Reid (NZ Herald Time Out)

Named after the classic car (and not presumably the explorer) this Auckland-based outfit peel off a substantial slice of professionally delivered, wide-screen country-rock which owes much to the Petty/Springsteen/Neil Young and Travelling Wilburys axis, and mostly kicks things up a notch from the Warratahs.

With a couple of writers in their ranks there is also a pleasing diversity here, although sometimes they reference their influences just a little too much for any accusations of originality to be thrown.

When they nail something of their own - the tense jangle of The Spirit, the tight churn of Greedy Men, the heartfelt Offline - they offer songs which are classy and fully formed.

From the opener 59 Cadillac through to the ballads in the closing overs, this is enjoyable rockin' country music full of twang and backbeat which sounds even better when a ribbon of highway stretches out ahead and you are in no hurry.

As the opener says, 'there ain't nothin' like rain on a two lane, driving fast with the radio on'.

Well, someone's already supplying the rain, The DeSotos have the soundtrack.

About The DeSotos

The DeSotos have cemented their place as New Zealand's leading exponents of the Americana / country blues genres following the release of two albums that have been universally embraced by the critics.

2008's “Cross Your Heart” was voted Manu Taylor's no 1 New Zealand album of the year, and the 2011 album, “Your Highway For Tonight” is receiving glowing 4 star reviews nationally.

Both albums have supplied the theme and continuity music to the TVNZ South and North series presented by Marcus Lush.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for The DeSotos


Shadow of Love
Year: 2017
Type: Album
Your Highway For Tonight
Year: 2011
Type: Album
Cross Your Heart
Year: 2008
Type: Album

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